I-86 Truck & Auto Repair Fun Stuff: Parallel Park or Drive Around the Block?

2017-02-28 10:33:15

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Occasionally, the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair discusses parallel parking - a topic which can elicit strong sentiments among Falconer drivers. If you own a car, at least one point in your life you have probably been in a situation where you have had to parallel park or take the chance on finding a closer or easier parking spot to manage. Which one do you choose?

The techs at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair have observed that a person's attitude about parallel parking is frequently shaped by where the person grew up.

Take, for instance, someone who grew up in a rural community and was spoiled with ample parking. These individuals often aren’t accustomed to a 7-point turn in order to fit into a spot. In their hometown, chances are they could find a much easier pull-in spot not far from the undesirable space that they wanted to avoid.

On the other hand, motorists who grew up in cities or even suburban areas often needed to parallel park in order to be in the general area of their destination. In general, these city dwellers seem less nervous about the prospect of parallel parking.

Crowded urban areas create fearless parkers who bolster up their courage along with their skills to squeeze into spaces which barely hold enough room for their automobile. And it seems like European drivers can do it in their sleep.

Did you know that the Guinness World Record folks have an entry for Tightest Reverse Parallel Park? In 2015, stunt driver Alistair Moffatt left a combined distance of just 34 cm between his Mini Cooper and the adjacent cars.1 Speaking of Guinness records, when you think about it, parallel parking proficiency is a far more beneficial skill than the ability to grow your fingernails to freakish lengths or shoot out milkshake through your nose. Perhaps we should lobby to have Tightest Reverse Parallel Park become an Olympic event.

You might know someone who lives where parking is scarce but still has a strong dislike of the parallel variety. Maybe they have sharpened their ability to find pull-in spaces rather than attaining the skills to actually carry out the procedure. In which case, if you are a parallel parking pro, you probably don’t want to be a passenger. But you could always offer to parallel park for your faint-hearted friend. You might even take pride in how well you parallel park and dream of your own personal record.

The next time your car needs professional attention, we invite you to come see us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. We provide quality service, friendly technicians, and a timely turnaround. (No parallel parking required.)

1Rachel Swagman, "Video: Watch Alastair Moffatt break the tightest reverse parallel park record for GWR day," Guinness World Records, November 12, 2015, http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/11/video-watch-alastair-moffatt-achieve-the-tightest-reverse-parallel-park-for-gwr-405699, accessed February 25, 2017

What is the Fastest Car on the Road?

2017-02-20 10:24:32

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Speed limits don’t apply to what we’re going to be talking about today; the world’s speediest cars! Let's focus on the top five production autos that can be purchased and are actually street legal.

Faster than NASCAR and Indy Speeds
One extraordinary fact about this listing is that if the top speed of the automobile is anything less than 240 mph, it didn’t make the cut. As a point of reference, 240 mph is zippier than NASCAR and Indy speeds.

Seriously, who tests these cars?

Let’s see what automobiles were able to push their top speed over 240 mph to make the roster.

Too Fast for the Autobahn
Coming in at #5 with a top speed of 248 mph is the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. The Saleen S7 was the first American mid-engine supercar. Its 750 horsepower engine will get you to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Although this is the only vehicle on the list with less than 1,000 horsepower, its speed numbers don’t show it. How speedy is 248 mph? Far above the fastest numbers recorded on the autobahn - where some stretches have no speed limit at all.

Put on Your Seatbelt!
Next at #4 is the SSC Ultimate Aero that reaches a top speed of 256 mph. SSC isn’t as celebrated as some of  the others, but they certainly made waves with the Ultimate Aero. It has a twin-turbocharged V8 that creates 1,287 horsepower to rocket you up to the top speed.

Talk About Pucker Factor!
Earning the #3 spot is the Bugatti Chiron with a top speed of 261 mph. (I hope I am never overtaken by a Chiron doing 260 during a busy Jamestown commute - I would probably have a heart attack!) As of this writing, the Chiron is the most recent release from Bugatti and though its speed limiter is at 261 mph, it could possibly obtain even higher speeds when not limited.

Just What You Need When You Are Late for Work
Number #2 is made by Bugatti as well, this time the Veyron Super Sport. The Veyron will hit a top speed of 268 mph. 1,200 horsepower are packed into this luxurious supercar with a list price of over a million dollars.

And the Winner Is...
The #1 speed champ is the Hennessey Venom GT that pulls off a blistering 270 mph. Adding an extra 44 horsepower over the Veyron Supersport the Venom GT to a slightly speedier top speed. Don’t blink or you might miss it flying by!

Here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we don't see many supercars. But we have been proudly delivering super service to every valued client and every automobile that enters our repair center since 2005. If you are looking for a full-service automotive center in Falconer, call us today.


Auto Fun: What is Your Favorite Classic Car?

2017-02-16 10:23:10

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Car enthusiasts love highlighting "classic cars," though not everyone can agree on which cars fall into this renowned category.

A millennial may be confused by someone who loves the 1969 Shelby Cobra while someone familiar with cars from the 60’s will be ecstatic to talk about it. Classic cars are where it all started, from the huge engined muscle cars to the first Italian supercars. In today’s article we’re going to take a look at a few of our favorite classic cars!

Let’s start with the oldest, the 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing. When this stunner made its debut, it was the fastest production car available at the time. The gull wing doors made this car an instant classic and one whose popularity has stood the test of time.

You can’t talk about classic cars without mentioning the muscle cars of the 60’s. This was a time when muscle cars were all the rage and car manufacturers were in a heated competition to construct the speediest, loudest, and best driving muscle car out there. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, 1969 Dodge Charger, and the 1969 Ford Mustang were the ones that ruled. All were outfitted with a massive engine, produced a staggering amount power and each had their own exclusive styling. If you ask a car buff what their favorite classic car is, there’s a good chance you’ll hear them answer with one of these three autos.

Italian car makers Ferrari and Lamborghini have been fierce rivals for decades. Two of their contemporary supercars are the Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari LaFerrari, but what got these automakers to where they are now? For Lamborghini, it was the 1966 Miura. Its sporty styling and absurd top speed (for the time) made Lamborghini a real super car contender. Ferrari got its establish from the Dino 246 GT. Its clean look, classic cherry red paint, and iconic Ferrari emblem put Ferrari on the map.

There are too many classic cars to fit into one post but we’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue. Which cars would you put in this category? Which contemporary models will become classics?

Whether you zip around in a classic car, a brand new car, or something in between, we would love to serve you at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer.

Welcome to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer!

2017-02-08 10:12:56

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Keeping your automobile well-maintained prevents annoying disruptions to your life and, more importantly, safeguards you and your family.

That's why the expert team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair provides quality auto repair and maintenance services to our valued clients in Falconer, Jamestown, Kennedy, Frewsburg, and Gerry.

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